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The Great State of Illustration in Maine, with over 80 illustrators who call Maine home, is just one exhibit to see at Kennebunk's Brick Store Museum during free admission February. Above, an image from Damariscotta native Maurice “Jake” Day, who worked out west for Walt Disney Studios in the '30s. Jake convinced Walt that Bambi should be white-tailed and had two orphaned Maine deer shipped to California as models. During production, Disney commissioned Jake to photograph the flora & fauna in the Katahdin region. As a result, many of Bambi’s scenes are from the Baxter State Park area.

Image & Text: 'Good Night' by Jake Day / Brick Store Museum

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Thursday, February 2

Gisland Farm Bird Walks, 8-10 am, Falmouth

Kids: Forest Playgroup- Squirrels, 9:30-11:30 am, Cathance River, Topsham

Coffee Chat w Town Councilor, 10-11 am, Fire Dept., Cumberland

Snowshoe Walk, 10-11 am, Town Hall, Buxton

Noonday Concert- Piano + String Quartet, 12:15-12:45 pm, Neal St., Portland

Talk: Outdoor Therapeutic Rec for PTSD Combat Vets, 12:30-1:15 pm, USM, Portland

State of the Union- Trends & Tremors in US Politics, 12:30-1:30 pm, Bowdoin, Brunswick

Weekly Mahjong, 12:30-2:30 pm, Library, Old Orchard

Age 50+ Winter Social & Refreshments ($5+), 1-3 pm, Comm Ctr., Biddeford

Conversation, Cards & Games, 1-3 pm, Muni Ctr., Standish

Movie: The Butler, 1-3:10 pm, Library, Windham

Intro to Google Spreadsheets, 2-3 pm, Library, Falmouth

Tour of Two Antiquities Exhibits at Art Museum, 2-3 pm, Bowdoin, Brunswick

How Does Diversity Build a Community?, 2:30 pm, High School, Bath

Kids: After School STEAM Fun, 4-5 pm, Library, Lewiston

S'mores Night ($0-5), 4-6 pm, Congress Sq. Park, Portland

Opening Reception- Down the Candy Hole, 5-7 pm, Cove St. Arts, Portland

90's Pop Culture Trivia Night, 5:30 pm, Foundation Brewing, Portland

Jewish Muslims- A Conversation, 5:45-6:45 pm, Jewish Museum, Portland

‘Parable of the Sower’ Graphic Novel Community Read, 6-7 pm, Library, Portland

Open Mic, 6-9 pm, Coppersmith, South Portland

Understanding Gender & Sexuality Today, 6:30-8 pm, Library, Cumberland

Casco Bay Set Dancing Class ($0-3), 7-9 pm, Comm. House, Yarmouth

Community Open Mic, 7-10 pm, Webster St., Lewiston

Theater: Quills ($0+), 7:30 pm, Mad Horse Theatre, South Portland

Therapy Thursday Drag Show, 9 pm, Cocktail Mary, Portland

Virtual Events

Register for the 2023 Winter Film Challenge ($0-150)

The Official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Club, 6 am

AI for Secure IoT Design + Q&A, 12 pm

Lunch & Learn- Fighting Big Money in Politics, 12-1 pm

Veteran-Owned Business Weekly Lunch Topics, 12-1 pm

Kids: 4-H Aquarium Club, 5:30-6:30 pm

Historic Talk on The York Raid & Other Stories ($0-25), 6 pm

Groundhog Day Celebration & Trivia, 6-7 pm

History of Vermont Astronomical Society, 7-9 pm

 

 

Friday, February 3

Coffee with a Cop, 9:30 am, Hub, Scarborough

AARP Tax Aide Available Every Friday, 9:30 am-1 pm, Library, Falmouth

Kids: Kiddie Gym ($2), 10 am, Comm Ctr., North Yarmouth

L-A Social Innovation Start Up Biz Summit (prizes), 10 am-5 pm, Library, Lewiston

Gentle Yoga Flow w Sara Helman, 11 am-12 pm, Library, Freeport

Movie: The Night of the Hunter, 1-3 pm, Cassidy Pt Dr., Portland

Music: Classical & Jazz Piano Concert, 2-3 pm, OceanView, Falmouth

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, 2-4 pm, Hearth & Key Realty, Auburn

Kids: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus ($0+; ASL), 3-4 pm, Children’s Theatre, Portland

Little Brother Chinese Food Tasting, 4-6 pm, Rosemont, Scarborough

Movement at the Museum- Afro Beats, 5-6 pm, Museum L-A, Lewiston

2022 Photos of the Year Reception, 5-7 pm, Library, Portland

First Friday Arts Walk, 5-8 pm, Portland

Women Life Liberty! Voices of Women in Iran & Beyond, 6-8 pm, USM, Portland

Music: Barcodes, 6-8:30 pm, Brookside, Westbrook

Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting, 6:30 pm, New School, Kennebunk

Music: Cobblestones Lite, 7-9 pm, Stella's, Bridgton

Theater: Quills ($0+), 7:30 pm, Mad Horse, South Portland

Virtual Events

Donate to Emergency Shelter for Unhoused During Cold Snap

Discussion About Physical Jobs- Pros, Cons + Tips, 8 am

Tapping the Benefits of Historic Preservation, 9-10 am

Spanish Language Group, 1 pm

Winter Harbor Music Fest- Alex Jurak, Piano, 6 pm

 

 

Saturday, February 4

State Emergency Warming Shelters

207 Day Scavenger Hunt, Greater Portland

100 Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race, 9 am, Greenville

Free Weekly Breakfast, 9 am, Norway

Huge Giveaway of Free Baby Items, 9-11 am, Fryeburg

Kids: National Girls & Women in Sports Day Event, 9 am-12 pm, Bowdoin, Brunswick

Black Mtn. Winterfest- Costumes, Music, S'mores, 9 am-5 pm, Rumford

Wildlife Tracking with Kirk, 9:30-11 am, Woodward Pt., Brunswick

Saving Money on Home Energy Bills, 10-11 am, Library, Kennebunkport

Lunar New Year Craft, 10 am-12 pm, Library, Yarmouth

Signs of Winter Walk & Winter Tree ID, 10 am-12 pm, Mill Brook South, Westbrook

Translating the Swedish Poem 'The Milky Way', 10 am-12 pm, Library, Peaks Island

Kids: Take Your Child to the Library Activities, 10 am-3 pm, Library, Portland

Brick Store Museum is Free All February, 10 am-4 pm, Kennebunk

Kids: Basketball Clinic Fundraiser ($0+), 10:15 am, Rec Dept., Auburn

Movie Time, 10:30 am & 1 pm, Library, Gray

Little Brother Chinese Food Tasting, 11 am-1 pm, Rosemont, Falmouth

Kids: Free Throw Basketball Contest, 11 am-3 pm, Lake Region High, Naples

Open House + Tours of Abyssinian Meeting House, 12-2 pm, Portland

Open Swim, 12:30-2 pm, High School, Cumberland

Author Talk- W. Edward Crockett, 2 pm, Library, South Portland

Raising Chickens for Meat Seminar, 2-3 pm, Blue Seal Feeds, Windham

Reception for Artist Peter Tzekov, 2-5 pm, De'Bramble, Freeport

Junk Music & Sound Experiment Workshop, 3-4 pm, Mayo St. Arts, Portland

Auditions for Maine Playwrights Festival, 3-5 pm, Mechanics Hall, Portland

Pride Weekend- Fireworks, Apres Ski Party, 7 pm-12 am, Sunday River, Newry

Theater: Quills ($0+), 7:30 pm, Mad Horse, South Portland

Theater: Sweet Goats & Blueberry Senoritas ($0+), 8 pm, Ptlnd Stage, Portland

 

Sunday, February 5

Did You Know? AARP Offers Free Tax Assistance Statewide

207 Day Scavenger Hunt, Greater Portland

Watch a Youth Slalom Ski Race, 7 am-3 pm, Lost Valley, Auburn

Black Mtn. Winterfest- Cardboard Box Race, 9 am-2 pm, Rumford

Winter Beginners Bird Walk, 10 am-12 pm, Gisland Farm, Falmouth

Portland Chess Club, 10 am-1 pm, Market Basket Cafe, Westbrook

23rd Sleigh Day, 11 am-2:30 pm, Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth

Self Defense Class for LGBTQ+, 12-1:30 pm, EQ Comm Ctr., Portland

Open House + Tours of Abyssinian Meeting House, 12-2 pm, Portland

Village by the Sea Wedding Expo, 12-2:30 pm, Post Rd., Wells

US National Toboggan Championships & Awards, 8 am-5 pm, Snow Bowl, Camden

Love Market- 25 Vendors & Craft Beer, 12-4 pm, Mast Landing, Freeport

Auditions for Maine Playwrights Festival, 1-3 pm, Mechanics Hall, Portland

Longfellow Days- Poetry in the 1904 Building, 1-3:30 pm, Library, Brunswick

Winter Musical Theatre Studio Recital ($0+), 2-3:30 pm, USM, Gorham

Garden Literacy- Sowing Native Seeds, 3-4:30 pm, Library, Brunswick

Music: Resinosa Ensemble (vocal chamber), 3-4:30 pm, Bates, Lewiston

11th Pisgah Hill Preserve Full Moon Trek, 4-8 pm, New Gloucester

Theater: Quills ($0+), 5 pm, Mad Horse, South Portland

Full Moon Walk, 5-6:30 pm, Marsh, Scarborough

Snow Moon Full Moon Hike, 6-7:30 pm, Woodward Pt., Brunswick

Virtual Events

Free College Transition Classes

Wabanaki Movie & Discussion: Indian Radio Days, 2-3:30 pm

Sowing Native Seeds, 3-4:30 pm

 

 

Monday, February 6

Open House Coffee Hour at Creative Portland, 8:30-9:30 am, Free St., Portland

6 Week Meditation Series w Susan Young, 9:30-11 am, Library, Falmouth

French Bilingual Discussion Group, 10-11 am, Library, Lewiston

Creative Writing Group, 10-11:30 am, BP Comm Ctr., Biddeford

Movie: Elvis, 1:30-3:30 pm, Library, Scarborough

Drop In Candlepin League w Prizes ($5), 5-8 pm, Pineland, New Gloucester

Single Elimination Cribbage Tournament, 5-8 pm, Gritty's, Auburn

Human Rights Center Talk- Wiola Rebecka, 6-7:30 pm, Augusta

The Peculiar Condition of the Human Male (hybrid), 6-7:30 pm, UNE, Portland

Monthly Full Moon Celebration + Ocean Dip, 6:45 pm, Willard, South Portland

Connected- Widows, Divorced, Singles, 55+, 7 pm, McKeen St., Brunswick

Virtual Events

Historic Preservation Guidance, 12-1 pm

2023 Kindling Fund Artist Grant Info Session, 5 pm

Produce Food Safety Training Course, 6-8 pm

 

 

Tuesday, February 7

Genest Expo for Landscape & Masonry Contractors, 7 am-3:30 pm, Westland Ave., Portland

Coffee, Games & Chat ($0+; weekly), 9-10 am, Town Hall, Buxton

Open Studio for Artists ($0-5), 10 am-12:30 pm, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk

Island Year-Round Walking Group (p.28), 10:15-11:15 am, Island Ave., Peaks Island

Kids: Outdoor Fun, 10:30-11 am, Library, Topsham

Age-Friendly Bingo Social, 1:30-2:30 pm, Comm Ctr., Freeport

Kids: Rewild Maine Shelter Building, 2:30-4:30 pm, Library, Freeport

Movie & Talk: Flow- The Global Water Crisis, 3:30-5 pm, Library, Auburn

Substitute Teacher Training, 4-6 pm, Main St., South Paris

Learn and Play Dungeons & Dragons w Fe, 4-8 pm, Weekend Anime, Westbrook

Start Up Business Session, 5-6:30 pm, Chamber, Lewiston

Kids: Learn to Skate, 5:30-6 pm, Academy, Bridgton 

Agile Maine Meetup, 5:30-7 pm, CloudPort, Portland

Joyful Heart Yoga Flow ($5), 6-7 pm, Comm Ctr., Saco

Modern Square Dance Open House, 6:30-8:30 pm, McKeen St., Brunswick

Parsing a Poem- Devilish Dante, 6:30-8:30 pm, Park Row, Brunswick

Music: Osher Concert Band w Westbrook High, 7-8:30 pm, Performing Arts Ctr., Westbrook

Women's Basketball Drop In ($3), 7-9 pm, Middle Sch., Gorham

Virtual Events

Planning for Long-Term Farm Success, 9 am-12 pm

The Purpose of Pinterest, 10:30-11:30 am

Funding Your Business Q+A (hybrid), 12 pm

The Rockland Bog- A Hidden Climate Solution, 12-1 pm

What's Next for Maine's Electric Grid, 12-1 pm

Dealing with Offensive Names & Symbols in Maine, 5-6 pm

Welcome to Medicare, 5-6:30 pm

Mating Rituals of the Animal Kingdom, 6:30-7:30 pm

Birding Basics- Ethics, 6:30-8 pm

Book Banning- What Are They Afraid Of?, 6:30-8 pm

Parent Webinar on Vaping, 8:30 pm

 

 

Wednesday, February 8

Walking Club, 8-9 am, Muni Ctr., Gorham

Wealth Management Presentation, 8:30-10 am, Sheraton, South Portland

Genealogy Basics for Seniors, 9-10 am, Senior Ctr., South Portland

Kids: Forest Playgroup Story Walk, 9:30-10:30 am, Hawkes Preserve, Gorham

Free Tax Help Every Wednesday, 10:15 am-4 pm, Library, Portland

Community Lunch ($0-8), 11:30-12:30 pm, New Gloucester

Ice Harvesting on the Kennebec River, 12-1:30 pm, Library, Brunswick

Garden Club- The Hows & Whys of Pruning, 12-2 pm, Library, Topsham

Senior College Film: Lunana, A Yak in the Classroom, 1-3 pm, Library, Auburn

Couch to Coldwater Dip Workshop ($0+), 2-2:30 pm, Willard, South Portland

Kids: Puzzle Piece Art, 3-4:30 pm, Library, Westbrook

Snowshoe Walk in Clifford Park ($0-5), 3-5 pm, Biddeford

Kids: Marimo Algae Garden, 4-5 pm, Library, Kennebunkport

Lost & Found in LA- The Writing of Dora Mitchell, 5 pm, UNE, Biddeford

ArtCom 2023 Reception- Radical Bodies, 5-7 pm, UNE, Biddeford

Movie: Beatriz at Dinner, 5-7 pm, Library, Windham

The Aesthetics of Bourbon (Taste & Learn), 5-7 pm, Man & Oak, Portland

The History of Parks & Environmentalism, 6:30-7:30 pm, Library, South Portland

Rockstar Bingo, 7 pm, Smitty's, Topsham

Merrill Film Society- Trouble in Paradise, 7-9 pm, History Ctr., Yarmouth

Drop In Pickleball ($5), 7:30-10 pm, School St., Kennebunkport

Virtual Events

Last Day to Register for Cumberland's PuzzlePalooza

How to Design a Trade Show Booth, 11 am-12 pm

Yoga for Healthy Aging, 11 am-12 pm

Understanding Fishermen's Mental Health & Culture, 12-1:30 pm

Penobscot Nation Winter Tale- Atlohkwi, 3 pm

Camden Conference- Race for the Final Frontier, 5:30-6:30 pm

Spotlight on Activism Series (hybrid), 5:30-7 pm

The Places We See- Architecture in Portland, 6-7 pm

Audubon's Birds of Maine, 6:30-8 pm

Bike Maine- Clara Brown Paralympian, World Champion, 7 pm

Author Talk: Earl Smith, Downeast Genius ($0-10), 7-8 pm

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